Posted by: Latinos Progresando
January 15, 2016
This week, Latinos Progresando comes “of age,” so to speak, celebrating 18 years of service on Chicago’s southwest side. It has been an amazing journey since the doors first opened in our tiny office on 18th Street.
We’ve certainly been met with challenges: a break-in early on that wiped out all of our equipment, the greatest economic recession in our lifetimes, an ongoing stalemate in immigration reform, and even now, our political discourse fraught with anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric.
Even so, we’ve developed the largest Latino-led family based immigration legal services program in the State of Illinois—one that is now being used as a model across the United States. We’re driving the work of a coalition of 20 agencies in Marshall Square, and we continue to evolve, adapt and push the envelope for what it means to be a community organization today.
Take a moment to read about our major strides in 2015. We’re proud of the fact that in 18 years, even as we’ve seen incredible growth, Latinos Progresando has remained committed to our key principle: with greater capacity, information and access, people have the power to change their own lives.
We’re just getting started…this week, we enter a strategic planning process that will define our work for the next three years. We can’t wait to take this next step with all of you, the Latinos Progresando family.
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